Chicago house don Paul Johnson joins Numbers for 11th birthday
The renowned producer is the man behind 'Get Get Down' and 'Feel My MF Bass'
That’s the thing about Numbers: they know how to throw a party. Turning 11 this summer, the label, founded in Glasgow but now straddling Glasgow and London in terms of the scope and attitudes of their parties and records, is enjoying another busy year, with huge releases from Deadboy, Darq E Freaker and Doc Daneeka. Thankfully for us, they’re not so busy as to overlook an excuse to book one of their long-time inspirations for dates in Glasgow and London to help celebrations along.
Releasing his first record 24 years ago – Overload, on Dance Mania – Paul Johnson is one of the true Chicago originals to emerge from the city’s hallowed turn-of-the-decade scene. Whilst his first two albums, Bump Talkin and Feel The Music, were two of the most talked-about records of the time – one of the first to sample R&B tracks over his own beats, retrospectively tagging him as one of the founders of ghetto house – he was also releasing scores of underground EPs, the sort of records everyone in the scene had in their bags, but didn’t necessarily know came from Johnson.
And whilst for much of Europe it was the still-enormous house hit 'Get Get Down' that cemented his name in their psyche, for Numbers it was another Dance Mania release, A Nite Life Thang, and in particular a track called 'Feel My MF Bass' – ‘a jacking monster of a track which was the soundtrack to many a party for us’ says label head Richard Chater. ‘The B-Side, 'U So Silly', is also one of the most perverse things out there’.
With Numbers co-founder Spencer acting as DJ for the night, this will be a happy birthday indeed.
Sub Club, Glasgow, Fri 18 Jul.